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The overnight report: On RFA’s, Radulov, Miller and Helm, Stamkos and Kal at the bat

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. As Paul noted on Tuesday afternoon, MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed that the Red Wings have issued contract offers to Darren Helm and Drew Miller. Khan also noted the following regarding the Wings' restricted free agents...

Holland also is working on signing the team's restricted free agents, a group that includes Petr Mrazek, Danny DeKeyser, Riley Sheahan, Alexey Marchenko and Teemu Pulkkinen. That process usually takes much of the off-season.

"By the end of the week I will have talked to all of our restricted players," Holland said. "In most cases made offers or got an idea of what they're thinking and they know what I'm thinking."

All five are eligible for arbitration, so it's possible one or two might file.

And this about the Radulov sweepstakes:

Waiting on Radulov: The Red Wings made a one-year offer to forward Alexander Radulov, believed to be worth between $4 million and $5 million. They would like to sign him, despite concerns that he might be a bad influence in the dressing room.

Radulov is seeking a two-year deal but he won't get it from the Red Wings. If he doesn't get what he's seeking from an NHL team, Radulov might remain in the KHL, where he played the past four seasons for CSKA Moscow.

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James offered this theory about Helm and Miller:

Miller's services won't cost much - he's coming off a contract that averaged $1.35 million annually. Whether the Wings end up re-signing him likely will hinge on whether or not they are able to keep Helm. Given this is Helm's first shot at unrestricted free agency, it's hard to think he won't explore the market. If he ends up going elsewhere, it makes more sense for the Wings to retain Miller, because he's dependable and inexpensive.

3. Regarding unrestricted free agents, USA Today's Kevin Allen penned a list of 6 possible landing spots for Steven Stamkos, including both Tampa Bay and Detroit:

Detroit Red Wings: With Pavel Datsyuk expected to move back to Russia, the Red Wings would like to make a dramatic move to improve their roster. Signing Stamkos would do it. They would have Stamkos and young Dylan Larkin as their top two centers.

The big question is whether they can create enough cap space to make this work. They would have trade Datsyuk’s contract.

Although the Red Wings haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 2008, they have a rich history that Stamkos would appreciate. They also are moving into a new arena.

Stumbling block: The Red Wings might be on the decline if they can’t find more scoring and upgrade their defense this summer.

4. While promoting the Red Wings' entry in the Bayview Mackinac Race, Ken Kal spoke with the Free Press's Carlos Monarrez regarding his evening spent calling a Tigers game:

Kal was the play-by-play radio announcer for Monday’s Detroit Tigers game against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. Kal was filling in for Dan Dickerson, who attended his son’s high school graduation. It was the second time Kal has filled in. He last pinch-hit in August 2013, when Dickerson attended his daughter’s college graduation.

Kal was so worried about calling his first ever baseball game three years ago that he closed himself in his room and practiced for week with the sound down on the Tigers’ TV broadcast. He had to adjust to difference between the frenetic speed of hockey and the deliberate pace of baseball.

“Well, that was my biggest concern when I filled in a couple years ago,” Kal said. “It’s such a different way to call a game. In hockey, you’re always calling an action and there’s an action all the time. And to me, as a broadcaster, it’s easier to call a hockey game just for the fact that it’s easier to call an action than to try to fill in time. But that’s where I relied on (analyst) Jim Price.”

“But it is a slower pace. You have to let the game breathe a little bit. But in baseball it’s OK to have a little dead air because the ambiance of the crowd noise really adds to the broadcast, too.”

5. It's actually a little late--maybe too late--to do this, but I've got little choice, so...

I'm raising funds for my annual trip to the Red Wings' summer development camp from July 7-10 at Centre Ice Arena. I'm hoping to attend the camp and grind out a strong chunk of player assessments and interviews, but I can't do it on my own.

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These stories confirm that Holland has to go. I hate to say it, but this is horrible, complacent thinking.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 06/08/16 at 04:00 AM ET

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I’ll tell you what DOESN’T make sense, Helene: re-signing 4th liners on a team that needs a big shakeup.

But you don’t have the *balls* to say that because you’re nothing more than a mouthpiece.

Posted by Unsaddled on 06/08/16 at 07:58 AM ET

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I’ll tell you what DOESN’T make sense, Helene: re-signing 4th liners on a team that needs a big shakeup.

Why?  Are the fourth liners the ones that really need the change?  Like, if they sign Stamkos is he going to be playing Miller’s role?

Every team needs first, second, third and fourth liners.  The Wings need a high-end upgrade, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have fourth liners.

Posted by Garth on 06/08/16 at 08:09 AM ET

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That’s not the point. Like Chet mentioned, Ken is showing that he still doesn’t get it: stop bringing back guys you haven’t won with.

Now Callahan doesn’t get a shot. Or Tangradi, etc. I’m not saying they’d make a big difference, but I don’t know what they are or aren’t. I KNOW what Miller is and isn’t.

Time to move on.

Posted by Unsaddled on 06/08/16 at 08:14 AM ET

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I think Unsaddled’s point is that Holland seems so focused on resigning our current players that don’t really do much instead of not offering anything to them and just letting them walk, bringing up some younger talent from GR. It’s true, this team needs a shakeup. I would honestly not give a single Fuch if Datsyuk, Z and Kronwall are not on the team next year. But you know what? NO ONE will take their contracts so they’re going to be. Z is never going to score 70 pts again. Anyway, I get what he’s saying… Why the f is Holland so focused on signing players that don’t really make a difference (maybe Miller is a good bet on his penalty kill etc) but otherwise…???

Posted by Pasha1277 on 06/08/16 at 08:19 AM ET

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That’s not the point.

Yes it is.

Why not bring Miller back?  If you let him go you just have to sign another fourth liner.

Not to mention that Holland can’t talk to impending UFAs yet, he’s not going to make a move regarding Datsyuk’s contract until he talks to Datsyuk, so the only thing to do is look at his own impending FAs.

And sorry, but like I said, the team is going to need fourth liners and penalty killers.  Miller is the quintessential fourth line penalty killer.

And you know what?  F*ck Tangradi.  He’s not an NHLer.  Why do so many people have a hard on for this guy?  He’s completely useless at the NHL level and proved it over the course of five years.

You say we don’t know what he is, but we absolutely do.  Only a fool would think he’s an upgrade over someone like Miller.

Like Chet mentioned, Ken is showing that he still doesn’t get it

I think it’s YOU who doesn’t get it.  Upgrading the team and re-signing Miller are two completely unrelated things.  Miller isn’t going to take away a roster spot from Steven Stamkos and he’s not going to stand in the way of the Wings trading for an upgrade on defense.

He’s going to kill penalties and play a shutdown role.

THE WINGS NEED THAT AS MUCH AS THEY NEED SCORING AND GRIT.

I KNOW what Miller is and isn’t.

Obviously you don’t if you think that he’s comparable to Eric f*cking Tangradi.

Posted by Garth on 06/08/16 at 08:26 AM ET

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Helm is another story.  He actually has been replaced already, by AA.

Posted by Garth on 06/08/16 at 08:26 AM ET

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I agree with Garth,

This fanbase needs to put their Tangradi & Cahallan stiffees back in their pants

There’s a reason Eric Tangradi bounces around the league and signs 2 way deals, even he knows who he is.  Cahallan, great likeable kid, fights people but isn’t a tough guy, either way, he’s in the same boat, he’s already pass through waivers.

Now on the other hand, there’s Nosek, and at some point this kid needs to get a look. Would it be best to toss him on the roster and let him go at it, or does he benefit from watching and learning from Miller?

Or is Nosek the toss in that moves the Pavel and/or Howard contract? Better to have options than to not have them.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 06/08/16 at 08:42 AM ET

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I just donated.  I urge all readers of KK to send in some money to George.  His posts on this and throughout the year excellent as most of you know.  KK as you may not know does not generate an enormous amount of money so it’s up to you the reader to help out with this.  Send in some money to buy George dinner or lunch or even a couple of beers, you know he deserves it.

Posted by Wisconsindale on 06/08/16 at 09:02 AM ET

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I also agree with Garth although not quite with his way of expressing himself smile

Posted by Wisconsindale on 06/08/16 at 09:07 AM ET

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Garth has convinced me, Tangradi for President.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 06/08/16 at 09:15 AM ET

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Why?  Are the fourth liners the ones that really need the change?  Like, if they sign Stamkos is he going to be playing Miller’s role?

Every team needs first, second, third and fourth liners.  The Wings need a high-end upgrade, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have fourth liners.

Posted by Garth on 06/08/16 at 09:09 AM E

One of the problems with Holland is he is too loyal and over pays for his little Wings.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 06/08/16 at 09:38 AM ET

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I disagree Garth to a point.  It’s the same old, resign this guy resign this guy, etc etc, and all of a sudden, we have 13 forwards under contract, 3 guys in grand rapids who *could* or *might be able to* make the jump…where is the change?  Nothing wrong with change in th bottom six.  I’ve been saying for the last year and a bit, Miller is not the quintessential 4th liner any more.  He doesn’t really hit anyone, he isn’t as fast.  Sure he’s dependable, a good pk’er, supposedly, though our PK hasn’t been that great in reality the last few years, though thats not really necessarily on Miller.  The problem with resigning guys is more than likely they get a raise.  Miller is cheap, but can you go out and get Miller 2.0 or 1.8 for half the cost….?  Ferraro was that guy and we lost him.  Nestrasil was that guy and we lost him.  I don’t really care that we lost them in th grand scheme of things, but those are perfect examples where they could have replaced Miller for cheaper.  The pens are a great example actually.  They went out and changed their bottom six largely and it made a HUGE difference.  Granted their top 2 lines are in better shape than ours but it’s their depth that’s carrying them to the final.  San Jose too… they largely have much of the same core, they just replaced the parts around that core.

Posted by DieByTheWing on 06/08/16 at 09:42 AM ET

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Thanks Helm. Get your pay raise and term elsewhere. We need the cap space more than your legs and stone hands. Miller is needed.

If holland doesn’t get something substantial done in a trade this year to upgrade this roster (free up cap space for FAs) At least we’ll get another higher-ish draft pick next year…? #fireholland #hollandsucks

Can we get an update on the new website? Is there still a new website in the works?

Posted by Suave79 on 06/08/16 at 09:48 AM ET

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My problem with Holland is that he is gun shy.  He doesn’t make room for the young guys to move up to cover lower line roles, yet he at the same time won’t use them in trades to help the top lines.  I like Miller I think he adds value and leadership in the room.  He has a specific role and he plays it, on the cheap.  Helm, its been nice, have fun in your free agency.  At this point he shouldn’t have been offered a contract IMO his services at the level they are now have already been replaced.  If Holland doesn’t have faith that our prospects are good enough to make it, he shouldn’t be afraid to move them.  He should make room and give them the chance to fail, or move them before they do while they still have value.  Otherwise lets just keep building Calder Cup contenders.

Posted by murph1jj on 06/08/16 at 10:17 AM ET

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I don’t want to complain till we know what the offers are.  I like the thought of Miller as our PK has been bad without him. But lets see. This is a HUGE summer for Holland.  Will he pass or fail. I’ll be watching.


George, thanks for supplying us with all the info we can hope for.  Can’t wait to get your camp write ups!

Posted by Ataris18 from House on 06/08/16 at 10:24 AM ET

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Posted by Garth on 06/08/16 at 09:26 AM ET

100% agreement. This fan base is goddamn crazy if they want to let go of a guy like Miller who earns every cent of his paycheck. Gone are the days of having 4 stacked lines of hall of famers. You need role players and you need players that understand what their role is and are happy with it and Miller is the text book role player.

Posted by weswolverine on 06/08/16 at 10:25 AM ET

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Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/08/16 at 10:54 AM ET

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I think it’s YOU who doesn’t get it.  Upgrading the team and re-signing Miller are two completely unrelated things.  Miller isn’t going to take away a roster spot from Steven Stamkos and he’s not going to stand in the way of the Wings trading for an upgrade on defense.

He’s going to kill penalties and play a shutdown role.

THE WINGS NEED THAT AS MUCH AS THEY NEED SCORING AND GRIT.

While I completely agree with your notion, Miller has the numbers to prove he’s not even good at the penalty killing and 4th line duties.

Detroit’s PK was kept afloat by Mrazek, and almost Mrazek alone. When Miller got injured, the Detroit PK remained the same or even improved a bit. He’s like the Kris Russell of offense. Great narrative about how great he is at blocking shots and being a shut-down guy, but the numbers tell a different tale.

Yes, Miller has leadership qualities. Yes, he will put his body on the line defensively. He’s also nearly useless at 5v5, and his PK numbers are NOT good, despite the narrative. Same goes for Glendening. They’re good guys, they work hard, but their numbers are too often below-replacement level. Why pay a guy like Miller 1-1.5 million (or if the past is any indication, Miller will get a raise for no reason whatsoever) when you could pick up a player off the scrap heap who is statistically and legitimately better? Look at guys like PA Parenteau or Lee Stempniak. Guys who can give you WAY more value per dollar than guys like Miller or Glendening.

Posted by nEgativezEro on 06/08/16 at 12:00 PM ET

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If the Red Wings can’t even say goodbye to a worthless fourth liner like Miller, who can they say goodbye to?  Miller is replaceable, easily replaceable.  He is worthless 5 on 5 and offers no muscle or grit, so what’s the point?  It actually does matter, because if the Wings do re-sign guys like Miller it means that they have to give guys like Sheahan top line minutes and put other guys in roles that are too big for them.  KH seems to think the opposite of what every other successful GM thinks which is you pay to keep the superstars and you let the marginal players go, they are replaceable, but superstars are not.  Because the roster and cap are log jammed with role players getting overpaid, there is no room for paying legitimate superstars to play here.

Posted by bababooey on 06/08/16 at 12:10 PM ET

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100% agreement. This fan base is goddamn crazy if they want to let go of a guy like Miller who earns every cent of his paycheck. Gone are the days of having 4 stacked lines of hall of famers. You need role players and you need players that understand what their role is and are happy with it and Miller is the text book role player.

The whole damn team is overpaid role players, this is why there is no cap room to sign legitimate superstars.  You sign the superstars and keep them around while replacing role players with younger players or prospects and scrap heap free agents.  Holland does the opposite.  That is why guys like Sheahan get paid like they’re top line guys and they are not.

Posted by bababooey on 06/08/16 at 12:18 PM ET

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That is why guys like Sheahan get paid like they’re top line guys and they are not.

Posted by bababooey on 06/08/16 at 01:18 PM ET

Sheahan gets paid 1mil, how is that a top line salary?

Posted by George0211 on 06/08/16 at 12:32 PM ET

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Sheahan gets paid 1mil, how is that a top line salary?

That WAS what he was paid and deserved. Just wait for his new deal, the Wings seem all gung ho to sign him

Posted by bababooey on 06/08/16 at 12:42 PM ET

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I’ll take Tangradi over Callahan or Jurco. He’s big - 6’4” 233lbs, He’s proven that he can, in the right role, score ugly goals in the hard areas - led Griffins with 28G along with 28 assists (granted AHL but it’s not like Pulkkinen who hasn’t been able to make room for his shot in the NHL. Tangradi can make his own room). The Wings need power forwards like him. They have too many small skilled forwards.
I know the knock on Tangradi was what he did in Pittsburgh his first couple years, but he was used sparingly in a very different role (4th line tough guy). He has also matured a lot. If you listen to any of his interviews he has a great attitude and brings the assets the team needs - size, toughness, goes to the hard areas around the net, and can score. PLEASE…give him a chance to prove that he can bring it at the NHL level.

Posted by SnarkinLarkin on 06/08/16 at 12:51 PM ET

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That WAS what he was paid and deserved. Just wait for his new deal, the Wings seem all gung ho to sign him

Posted by bababooey on 06/08/16 at 01:42 PM ET

Maybe you should take your own advice then and wait until the new deal is done before saying he gets paid like a top-line player. He will most likely get around 2-2.5mil AAV, and it’s not even close to top-line player salary.

 

Posted by George0211 on 06/08/16 at 12:55 PM ET

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Maybe you should take your own advice then and wait until the new deal is done before saying he gets paid like a top-line player. He will most likely get around 2-2.5mil AAV, and it’s not even close to top-line player salary.

Umm, no I won’t.  If you had read the article you would have read that Holland plans to sign all the RA’s and most of the UFA’s, so if there has to be change where does that come from? And my point is still true about the whole team being a bunch of overpaid role players and lacking any true superstars.  KH wants to continue that tradition by bringing them all back, or as many as possible back, at higher salaries.  Where does it end?

Posted by bababooey on 06/08/16 at 01:21 PM ET

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One of the problems with Holland is he is too loyal and over pays for his little Wings.

Definitely, which is why I really, really, really don’t want him to re-sign Helm because he will absolutely overpay.

But Holland doesn’t necessarily have such loyalty for fourth liners.  He basically forced Maltby to retire, waived Andersson several times, waived Ferraro, Nestrasil.  Add to that the fact that Miller was injured for much of this year and I don’t expect that he’s getting an egregious, overpayment contract offer.

The problem with resigning guys is more than likely they get a raise.  Miller is cheap, but can you go out and get Miller 2.0 or 1.8 for half the cost….?  Ferraro was that guy and we lost him.  Nestrasil was that guy and we lost him.

I could see Ferraro being that guy but I don’t agree on Nestrasil.

Either way, if the Wings still had Ferraro it would be a different conversation, but they don’t, and great PK guys don’t grow on trees.

Posted by nEgativezEro on 06/08/16 at 01:00 PM ET

I’d love to know if there’s a fourth liner in the league how has great possession numbers.

Because fourth liners don’t.  They aren’t supposed to.

The play defense.  That’s what fourth liners do.  That’s why you have guys like Draper and Maltby and Glendening and Miller.  Any -literally any- offense they supply is a bonus.  Their job is to get in front of pucks, dig around in the corners, block shots and sacrifice the body.

I know the knock on Tangradi was what he did in Pittsburgh his first couple years, but he was used sparingly in a very different role (4th line tough guy).

The knock on him isn’t what he did in Pittsburgh his first couple years, it’s also what he did in Winnipeg.

Oh, and also that he washed out of the league.  Detroit wasn’t bidding against anyone when they signed him.  Nobody else wanted him.

This isn’t a guy who there simply wasn’t room for, so he was lost to waivers because that was the only option, this is a guy that none of the other 29 teams in the league wanted.

And also, do you think he’d have a role other than 4th liner if he in Detroit?  Because the second that Blashill decides to put him anywhere but the fourth line is the second that he should be fired.  Loudly and publicly.

The irony of people bitching about Miller while hoping Tangradi gets the call up is wonderful.  Get rid of a guy who’s proven his worth to this team in favour of a guy who has proven he isn’t an NHL player.

Also, for the sake of argument, look at his AHL numbers.  Even the amazing numbers he had last year are no better than any of his seasons in Wilkes-Barre.

Posted by Garth on 06/08/16 at 01:24 PM ET

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Garth has convinced me, Tangradi for President.

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The second I read Unsaddled’s casual mention of Tangradi’s name I knew Garth was going to explode. Seriously, dude, take a valium and let things play out next fall. If he’s as bad as you insist that he is, he’ll spend the year in GR. And if he really has improved his game (a game you haven’t seen once this past year, by the way), then they’ll find an appropriate role for him.

With his size and grit, along with the numbers he put up in GR this year, he at least deserves a chance.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/08/16 at 01:47 PM ET

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So what are you paying Miller, because I 100% expect that he’ll get a raise, it’s what Holland does, it’s what you are often expected to do when keeping a player, granted Holland gives a big one sometimes.
You want to resign him, prove to us WHY we should.  What numbers are you referencing?  The only thing he does well is block shots.  I suppose you are right about Ferraro being gone…but the point is, you can easily go get a ferarro from somewhere else, or as someone pointed out, guys like Stempiak… that is the key to success in the new NHL.  Certainly stud C’s and D are key, good goaltending, and teh ability to score, but ti’s you lock up your stars, and you manage the cap with undervalued but over performing contracts.  Holland, at least the last few years has AMASSED overpyaing underperforming contracts.  The more you keep giving guys like Miller raises…the more likely you add him to the list of overpaying under delivering.  I’m not opposed to keeping Miller, and I have to wait to se what he gets paid…I just don’t get the “we have to keep” miller, or even the “we should keep miller” camps.  If we do, fine, but I think we can get equal performance for cheaper if not better performance for cheaper, especially if he creeps up to 2 mil.

Posted by DieByTheWing on 06/08/16 at 03:03 PM ET

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This isn’t specifically about Miller vs. Tangradi.

This is about keeping everything the same vs. changing things up.

Like others have mentioned, if we can’t let go of a replaceable 4th liner, then what hope is there for significant change.

Posted by Unsaddled on 06/08/16 at 04:20 PM ET

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helm will be overpriced. miller and glenny are demonstrably bad possession wise even for 4th liners who get shutdown minutes.

plus, look at who makes a difference in the playoffs. it’s rare it’s a role player in his 30s.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 06/08/16 at 04:27 PM ET

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This is about keeping everything the same vs. changing things up. Posted by Unsaddled on 06/08/16 at 05:20 PM ET

This is what I have been thinking. How many years in a row have you heard Holland say he could not go after (insert name here) because he used the cap money to resign (insert names here) that needed raises. He truly likes his team and it’s mediocre success.

Posted by Mackster from Eastern Canada on 06/08/16 at 06:28 PM ET

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Helm is another story.  He actually has been replaced already, by AA.

I also agree. As another poster mentioned Helm will want top 6 money. He won’t get it from the Red Wings. Miller is a good penalty killer, and will be cheap. You saw how the PK was after Miller had his injury.  smile

Posted by bigfrog on 06/08/16 at 07:37 PM ET

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Posted by bigfrog on 06/08/16 at 08:37 PM ET

I completely agree with most of you guys on here. Re-sign Miller for 1.5 mil and let Helm walk unless you can pay him what he made last year or less (he will get more elsewhere in all likely-hood so let him go). Re-signing Miller at 1.5 is almost no risk, worst case you put him on waivers and someone claims him or he gets sent down and only 600K of his salary hits the cap even though hes on a 1-way deal. For a guy who makes our PK better and that Blash had a hard time finding a replacement for in the last 50 games or so of last season is a no brainer IMO.

If this team really wants to change it up, they need to make trades involving some of our fringe scorers and get a decent return. i.e. Pulkanen, Jurco, Sheahan, or Abs even. They should also try to move some dmen out; Big E, Smith or whichever of the over ripe prospects that they like the least (i.e. Oulette, Jensen, Spoul) would all be good candidates for trades that could shake things up depending on the return available in a trade.

Whats the deal with Mules cap hit this upcoming season, is it officially off the books?
Optimally I’d like to see both Mantha and Nosek in the line-up up front next year plus a couple of new acquisitions. On D we need an acquisition and maybe a Jensen or Oulette if they can make noise in camp. A new special teams coach wouldn’t hurt either.

Posted by Shanny_Fan on 06/08/16 at 08:49 PM ET

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A new special teams coach wouldn’t hurt either.

Posted by Shanny_Fan on 06/08/16 at 09:49 PM ET

Which is whom the Wings are looking for right now.  And the MSM is reporting that the Wings would like to fill that position by the end of this week or so.  And we know how we feel about the Detroit MSM:  “Yeah, whatever.”

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/08/16 at 10:05 PM ET

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